CM PUNK KICKOFF MATCH
Name
CM Punk
Real Name
Phillip Brooks
Date of Birth
October 26, 1978
Place of Birth
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Hometown
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Debut
1999
El Torito
For those of you that did not watch the Payback 2014 kickoff match, El Torito defeated Hornswoggle with a flying top rope moonsault. Hornswoggle had gotten distracted by thinking that he won after pulling off the mask. Afterwards, Hornswoggle was forced to sit in a barber chair while El Torito shaved his head. Hornswoggle is now bald, and expect WWE to promote that on Monday Night Raw this week.
June 1, 2014
Diego
During the Extreme Rules 2014 kickoff match, El Torito defeated Hornswoggle. He picked up the pin fall victory after jumping off the top rope and driving Hornswoggle through the table. Miniature tables and ladders were utilized during the WeeLC match. Diego, Fernando, Heath Slater, Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre were all involved in the match.
May 4, 2014
Antonio Cesaro
In an action filled Wrestlemania 30 kickoff match, Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso retained the WWE tag team championship by defeating Diego, Fernando, Curtis Axel, Ryback, Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesaro in a fatal four way elimination tag team bout. Afterwards, Cesaro did a face turn after Swagger attempted to attack him for being pinned.
April 6, 2014
Antonio Cesaro
Despite being thrown into the kickoff match at Wrestlemania 30, Antonio Cesaro is the choice for Mick Foley when it comes to being the guy that will be given the big spotlight on the next episode of Monday Night Raw. Generally, WWE considers this episode to be the start of the new season, so they try to elevate someone up the ladder that evening.
April 6, 2014
Antonio Cesaro
Rumor has it that there are several people backstage in WWE that are disappointed with how Antonio Cesaro is being utilized at Wrestlemania 30. Instead of being given a big singles match on the pay per view, he is working a kickoff match with Jack Swagger. It also features Jimmy Usu, Jey Uso, Fernando, Diego, Ryback and Curtis Axel.
April 4, 2014
Antonio Cesaro
Initially, the belief was that the tag team championships were going to be given some spotlight by WWE at their biggest pay per view of the year, but it has now been announced that Ryback, Curtis Axel, Fernando, Diego, Antonio Cesaro, Jack Swagger, Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso are being moved to the Wrestlemania 30 kickoff match spot.
April 1, 2014
Andre the Giant
Since time constraints might be an issue, there were talks earlier this week of putting the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal as a kickoff match, but management wants to use it as a promotional vehicle, so it is now back on the main Wrestlemania 30 card. Many are expecting the segment to be heavily rushed, though.
March 19, 2014
Andre the Giant
While a lot of fans bought into the hype of the match since a legendary name was attached to it, WWE is viewing the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal as an afterthought. There is even a strong push to move it off the pay per view and utilized it as a kickoff match, despite several stars such as Ryback, Kofi Kingston, Big E Langston and Dolph Ziggler being rumored for spots.
March 15, 2014
Curtis Axel
Once you get into that WWE dog house, it's pretty hard to get out. Management has sent more messages to Ryback this month. First, he and Curtis Axel are utilized as a filler tag team during the Elimination Chamber 2014 kickoff match. This week, the two of them are paired up with Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre in an eight man tag team match on WWE Superstars.
February 26, 2014
Cody Rhodes
While many were under the impression that Cody Rhodes was being left off of the Elimination Chamber 2014 main card because of his knee injury, apparently, he is healthy enough to work, as WWE has placed him into the kickoff match. He will be teaming with Goldust in a tag team match against Ryback and Curtis Axel.
February 19, 2014
Darren Young
In case you missed the announcement on Monday Night Raw this week, Darren Young and Titus ONeil will be having their grudge match on the main Elimination Chamber 2014 pay per view next Sunday night. Many were under the belief that it was going to be the kickoff match, but management decided to step things up a bit.
February 19, 2014
Billy Gunn

During the kickoff match for Royal Rumble 2014, Road Dogg and Billy Gunn shocked the wrestling world when they were able to defeat Cody Rhodes and Goldust to become the new WWE tag team champions. Many were under the impression that their return was a temporary one.

January 26, 2014
Billy Gunn

Cody Rhodes and Goldust will be defending the WWE tag championships against Road Dogg and Billy Gunn before the Royal Rumble 2014 starts. The kickoff match was announced via the website, and there should be a mention of it on television tonight during Monday Night Raw.

January 20, 2014
CM Punk
While doing an interview on the red carpet, CM Punk was asked about a potential return to WWE down the line, and he decided to take the opportunity to poke humor at the situation. The former world heavyweight champion stated that he would never ever return to WWE. He was obviously joking, but that has caused some confusion with fans who were not paying close attention to his tone during the interview.
July 22, 2014
Daniel Bryan
One the things that made Kenta Kobayashi so famous in Japan was his diverse moves set. Unfortunately, though, a lot of his signature maneuvers cannot e utilized in WWE. His Go 2 Sleep finisher is commonly associated with CM Punk nowadays. His knee finisher and submission move are both being used by Daniel Bryan. The belief is that WWE will have him come up with new moves in developmental.
July 20, 2014
CM Punk
While doing a podcast interview with Jim Ross, Kurt Angle discussed the topic of CM Punk and his departure from WWE earlier in the year. Angle stated that he was not aware of how injured Punk was until recently. Upon finding that out, Angle stated that he respected Punk's decision to leave, in order to preserve his health. Angle did also mention that Punk had issues with WWE over the booking and the direction of his character.
July 19, 2014
CM Punk
When the company moved CM Punk from their official roster to the alumni section yesterday, WWE created a bit of a stir. Things escalated even further when management removed his merchandise from the WWE Shop website. Apparently, there was some miscommunication within the company on the matter. All of his merchandise have been returned to the online store.
July 17, 2014
CM Punk
Reports are going around that CM Punk could be officially gone from WWE now. The former world heavyweight champion has been removed from the active roster list on the website. His profile has been moved over to the alumni section, which the company normally does when a performer is gone. Punk's contract is said to be expiring later on this week, so it's interesting that WWE pulled the trigger on the roster change ahead of time.
July 15, 2014
CM Punk
Since his contract is expiring in a few days, there were many who believed that WWE was going to extend their contract with CM Punk since he has been gone for an extended period of time. However, reports are surfacing that Vince McMahon is opting against that because he does not see a reconciliation on the horizon. Plus, WWE cannot afford to pay a performer to sit at home.
July 14, 2014
Michelle McCool
Showing that some friendships extend beyond the business, Undertaker and his wife Michelle McCool recently attended a comedy show featuring Mick Foley. The longtime WWE couple wanted to show support for their old friend. The two of them even went backstage to catch up with Foley for a bit. Several wrestlers in the industry, including CM Punk recently, have made the effort to go watch Foley tell jokes.
July 14, 2014
Rock
Since leaving WWE earlier in the year, CM Punk has remained relatively quiet, making sporadic appearances at NHL and MLB games. The former world heavyweight champion is going to be making a higher profile appearance later on this month. Punk will be the co-host of the kickoff show for the Alternative Press Music Awards, which is being held at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.
July 9, 2014
CM Punk
While a lot of fans have high hopes of his return due to the fact that his wife recently made her comeback, there is close to no chance that CM Punk will be coming back to WWE. AJ Lee coming back doesn't have an effect on his decision to remain away from the company. Punk is supportive of AJ on her decision to continue her career in WWE, but he's going to stay away because he does not like the way the company treated him over the last year.
July 8, 2014
CM Punk
In a very subtle manner, CM Punk took a jab at WWE for their recent handling of the Emma situation. When she was released, former writer Seth Mates posted a message on Twitter about the company being hypocritical and holding double standards. Punk added that post as a favorite on his account. The fact that Punk would do that shows that he still harbors some resentment towards WWE.
July 3, 2014
John Cena
While the general consensus in professional wrestling is that the world heavyweight champion plays a bit part in the overall success of the company, a recent article from Forbes attempts to dispute that by looking at the financial ramifications during the title reigns of CM Punk, John Cena and Randy Orton. Since the numbers are all over the place, the author concluded that the heavyweight champion does not have much of an effect on the business end of WWE.
July 2, 2014
Vince McMahon
When CM Punk walked away from WWE, some in the industry expected him to stay home until his contract with the company expired. Reports are now surfacing that the deal is set to be completed during the middle portion of July. There has been some speculation that WWE will force an extension of the deal to prevent Punk from joining TNA, so a lot of people are awaiting to see what Vince McMahon decides to do.
July 1, 2014
Fandango
To calm down the Money in the Bank 2014 audience, WWE opted to go with another divas match as a filler. Layla El and Summer Rae battled in a match, where Fandango served as the special guest referee. Fans were so disinterested in the segment that a CM Punk chant broke out. In the end, Layla caught Summer with a kick to gain the pinfall. Layla and Fandango kissed after the match, while a despondent Summer looked on.
June 29, 2014
Paul Heyman
When he decided to walk away from WWE, CM Punk went on a bit of a social media sabbatical. He recently started posting updates on Twitter again, but it's mostly been about hockey. His first wrestling related tweet was made this week when the former world heavyweight champion posted a little joke about a movie to his good friend Paul Heyman, who responded with a joke of his own.
June 29, 2014
CM Punk
During a recent interview, Mick Foley was asked about the possible return of CM Punk to WWE, and the hardcore legend revealed something a bit interesting. Foley stated that he has attempted to contact Punk, but Punk has ignored all communications with Foley. The brutally honest Foley also mentioned that he believes that Punk is ignoring the majority of people in the industry right now.
June 28, 2014
Chris Jericho
While a lot of fans are under the impression that CM Punk left WWE because of a recent incident or two, Paul Heyman revealed during an interview with Chris Jericho that Punk had been unhappy with the company for well over a year. That unhappiness had sapped him of his passion for the business. Heyman also stated that Punk did not want to be one of those people who only stuck around for the money.
June 27, 2014
Alberto Del Rio
Rumors of CM Punk returning soon have heated up again this week, and Alberto Del Rio appears to be the culprit. During an interview, he was asked if the Straight Edge Superstar would be returning to WWE soon. For public relations reasons, Del Rio, who did much of the interview partially in character, stated that he believes that Punk will be back, but he also stated that he does not know when. This caused a lot of fans to believe that Punk would be back in WWE again.
June 27, 2014
CM Punk
Rumors are floating around right now that WWE has yet to inform the performers of how pay per view bonuses will be handled now that the shows are being aired for free on the WWE Network. Vince McMahon was initially going to tell the wrestlers during a meeting backstage, but that was postponed. It is being said that this particular issue played a big part in CM Punk walking away from the company.
June 23, 2014
CM Punk
There are a lot of rumors floating around right now that AJ Lee is pregnant. No substantial evidence has been found, though, so the belief is that the speculation was started by fans who have been wondering why she has not made her return to WWE yet. She reportedly got married to CM Punk over the weekend. There is no timetable for her return. Nor does anyone know if she will actually come back.
June 15, 2014
CM Punk
While he has been gone for several months now and is showing no signs of wanting to return, there are rumors floating around that WWE could extend the contract of CM Punk for another year. A lot of their standard contract enables the company to extend the deal if a performer has missed a significant amount of time. A move like this would enable WWE to keep Punk away from TNA or Global Force Wrestling.
June 13, 2014